Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

Rob Schmitz appears in the following:

Protests Over Extradition Bill Turn Violent In Hong Kong

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Wednesday was full of violent protests in Hong Kong as protesters demanding the withdrawal of an extradition bill to China clashed with police.

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Protests Force Hong Kong's Lawmakers To Delay Vote On Extradition Bill

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Demonstrations block roads around Hong Kong's legislature as lawmakers prepared to debate a bill that would allow people accused of a crime in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China for trial.

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Hundreds Of Thousands Fill Hong Kong's Streets To Protest China Extradition Bill

Sunday, June 09, 2019

The controversial bill would let suspects be sent to places where Hong Kong has no extradition deal, such as mainland China. Authorities threatened to use force on demonstrators.

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U.S. May Blacklist Chinese Surveillance Firm, 'New York Times' Reports

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Trump administration is considering limiting Chinese surveillance company Hikvision's ability to buy American technology, according to reporting from The New York Times.

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'The Economy Is Slipping': China's Slowdown Hits Former Boomtown

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Car production is shrinking in China's Chongqing, and auto workers struggle to transition.

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Slowdown Highlights Vulnerable Chinese Economy In Midst Of A Trade War

Monday, May 20, 2019

It wasn't long ago that China's central city of Chongqing was regarded as emblematic of the country's rising economic fortunes. But more recently, it's fallen on hard times.

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China Retaliates Against Latest U.S. Tariffs With Its Own Hike On American Goods

Monday, May 13, 2019

Days after the Trump administration imposed $200 billion in additional tariffs against Chinese imports amid stalled trade talks, Beijing has responded with a $60 billion hike on U.S. goods.

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China Has Yet To Retaliate For Trump's Tariff Hike

Monday, May 13, 2019

It's been three days since the U.S. raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. China's government so far hasn't hit back, but it appears the U.S.-China trade talks have faltered.

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White House Follows Through With Tariff Hikes On Chinese Imports

Friday, May 10, 2019

After months of disputes and negotiations, the Trump administration has significantly raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. U.S.-Chinese negotiators meet again to try to reach a deal.

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Trump's Tariff Intentions Hang Over U.S.-China Trade Talks

Thursday, May 09, 2019

A delegation of Chinese negotiators is in Washington to continue talks to resolve an ongoing trade dispute with the U.S. — just as President Trump threatens higher tariffs.

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U.S. Continues Trade Talks With China Despite Trump's Tariff Threat

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

A Chinese delegation arrives in Washington, D.C., for trade negotiations on Thursday after the Trump administration accused Beijing of reneging on previous promises and threatened to increase tariffs.

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Reporter's Notebook: Uighurs Held For 'Extremist Thoughts' They Didn't Know They Had

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

"I've learned what I should and what I shouldn't do," a detainee tells NPR during a Chinese government-led media tour in Xinjiang. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims are held in internment camps.

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China Detains Hundreds Of Thousands Of Muslims In 'Training Centers'

Friday, May 03, 2019

Some of the Muslims held in vocational camps in a northwest Chinese province tell NPR that they are being held for "extremist thoughts," and don't know when they'll be allowed to go home.

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China's Belt And Road: A Closed Gateway

Friday, April 26, 2019

Many of China's Belt and Road projects run through Xinjiang Province, home to the Muslim-minority Uighurs who live in intense security. Many sense Belt and Road and Xinjiang's problems are connected.

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Thailand Moves Forward With Chinese Tech Company Huawei To Build 5G Network

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Chinese company Huawei is now building and testing Thailand's first 5G network. Thai authorities say they could not say no to Huawei's bargain prices, despite pressure from the U.S.

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How New Zealand Has Come Together Since The Christchurch Shootings

Friday, March 22, 2019

One week after a gunman killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, the country marked the day with prayers and remembrances.

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'My Heart Was Broken': Mourners In New Zealand Bury Victims Of Mosque Shootings

Friday, March 22, 2019

A week after a gunman killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, friends and family have been gathering for funerals and to listen to the Muslim call to prayer.

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Burials Begin For Victims Of Christchurch Mosque Shootings

Thursday, March 21, 2019

New Zealand's prime minister said Thursday that the country will ban semi-automatic rifles as funerals take place for some of the 50 killed in last week's shooting in Christchurch.

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New Zealand To Ban Weapons Such As Those Used In Last Week's Attacks

Thursday, March 21, 2019

In response to the deadly attacks on two mosques on Friday, New Zealand's prime minister has announced a ban on most semi-automatic weapons. An amnesty and buy-back program were announced.

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New Zealand Acknowledges Release Of Victims' Bodies Has Been Slow

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

As authorities release the bodies of those killed in the terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, the country's prime minister made her second visit to the city since the attack.

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